Friday, July 28, 2017

Sayonara Twenty-Two





Last year when I turned twenty-two I had a premonition that this was going to be one of the greatest years of my life. While the year did not turn out like anything I expected, my premonition ultimately proved accurate and it has been one of the most exciting, unpredictable, busy, and satisfying years to date. I really enjoyed being twenty-two years old. 

Twenty-two was a year of coming into adulthood. It was a year of settling and being satisfied, a year of learning and relearning contentment.

Twenty-two was a year of new beginnings and opportunities, answered prayers and fulfilled desires. 

Twenty-two was a year of learning, of finding my foothold again in the classroom.

Twenty-two was a year of spreading my wings and leaving the nest, because you really have not left the nest until all of your older sisters (i.e. alternative mothers haha) have married, moved on, and left the nest themselves. 

Twenty-two was a year of a renewed joy, strength, and happiness. It was a year of learning to fully trust Jesus Christ, precede every decision with prayer, and leave it all in God’s hands at the end of every day. Twenty-two was a year of growing in a deeper love and appreciation for the church and for the Word of God. 

Twenty-two was a year of comebacks, of discovering that all my perceived failures and setbacks have really been the building blocks of something new. 

Twenty-two was a year of opening up my heart, taking risks, and loving again. 

I am not sure if there has ever been a year that has challenged, grown, and stretched me more than this past year! 

I loved being twenty-two. It was probably one of the most enjoyable and wonderful years to date. Not every year will be so exciting and breezy. There is a time for everything. There are seasons of planting and sowing seeds, waiting patiently for the harvest. There are seasons of weary toil with no end in sight. There are seasons of famine, darkness, and cold. But then there are seasons when we reap the rewards of our patient steadfast faith, when we bring the sheaves in singing with joy, when God sends us incredible reminders of His redemption and resurrection! 

Thank you for sharing twenty-two with me. Here is to growing more in my faith and trust of God in the year to come. Here is to becoming more unashamed and bold in proclaiming the Gospel. Here is to Christ reigning all the more in my life, in every thought, word, and deed! Here is to going back to school and continuing the good work I have been given. Here is to loving others more fiercely and selflessly. Here's to twenty-three! Because I have a premonition that this will be another fantastic, challenging, busy, and fruitful year. 

7 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday! I hope that this year is wonderful for you:)

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  2. Happy birthday, Dani! Praise the Lord for adventures and times that grow us and shape our lives into something wonderful :)

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  3. Happy Birthday! Love your blog btw...very inspiring. Much love and hope the year ahead is just as exciting!

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  4. Happy (belated) birthday Dani! :D Twenty-two was definitely a monumental year for you. Have a wonderful twenty-three adventure!

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